summertime photos from around Wake Forest

“The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves…” – John O’Donohue


My last two posts – covering ordination and the role of pastor – have been fairly serious (but certainly worth reading if you missed them). So this morning I’m going to catch up on a few photos.

It’s been a beautiful few days around Wake Forest and I was able to take dad for a walk in one of the town parks Tuesday morning. The trees around our home have leafed out more than ever before, some of the summer flowers are blooming, and – after a few years establishing themselves – our Japanese Myrtles are beginning to make an impact.

at the park with my parents

Then, something we’ve been hoping to seeĀ for a month, the family of hawks who summer on our property have finally moved back. Hopefully, over time I will capture more images of the hawks in action; they really are magnificent.

Click on the first photo, then advance them like a slide show. And, enjoy – this surely is a beautiful place to live – DEREK



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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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